Alan Pardew is back at Crystal Palace, just over twenty-three years after he left Selhurst Park as a player.
He becomes the second current manager in the Premier League to currently manage a club he once played, Garry Monk at Swansea City being the other.
There are many examples of ex-players who have gone on to manage their former clubs, some doing slightly better than others let's say...
Alan Curbishley - West Ham United
Curbs started his senior playing career with the Hammers and after a short time away from football management, he returned to Upton Park in 2006. Things started well for the former Charlton manager as he guided 'relegation certs' West Ham' to seven wins from their last nine games to see them survive on the last day of the season after defeating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford. The following season, Curbishley led the club to finish 10th in the Premier League in what was a relatively successful season. His tenure however, ended on a sour note after he fell out with the board over the club's transfer policy - he handed in his resignation in September 2008.
Roberto Martinez- Wigan Athletic
Martinez played for Wigan between 1995 and 2001 before returning as manager in 2009. After successfully keeping the club away from the fate of relegation on more than one occasion, the Spaniard's last season in charge of the Latics was a bitter-sweet one. Just three days after defying the odds and beating Manchester City to win the FA Cup at Wembley, Wigan lost 4-1 to Arsenal and were relegated to the Championship.
Alan Shearer - Newcastle United
Geordie legend Alan Shearer took over at the club where he scored a record 206 goals in a ten-year spell for the last eight games 2008-09 season but could not save his boyhood club from relegation. The Magpies lost 1-0 on the final day of the season after an own-goal from Damien Duff. Shearer did not get the job on a permanent-basis, instead that honour went to Chris Hughton. Big Al was linked with the role again however after Hughton was sacked in late 2010 but the Euro '96 top-scorer soon ruled himself out of the running.
Roberto Di Matteo- Chelsea
When André Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea in March 2012, it was his assistant Di Matteo who was appointed caretaker manager until the end of the season. Although the Blues finished 6th in the Premier League that season, they won the FA Cup after beating Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley and then beat Bayern Munich in their own backyard and lifted the Champions League trophy. This success earned the Italian a two-year contract as he was appointed the club's permanent manager. But like most Chelsea managers in recent years, he didn't last long and was sacked in November 2012 after a 3-0 defeat away to Juventus in the Champions League.
Chelsea made a habit of turning players into managers in the 1990s. After signing Glen Hoddle as a player/manager in 1993, Ruud Gullit took over in the same vein in '96, followed by Gianluca Vialli in the same way in '98.
Pep Guardiola- Barcelona
The most successful player to manager story has to be that of Pep Guardiola and Barcelona. After playing for the club for over a decade, Pep headed back to Barca and was manager of their 'B team' before being appointed the main-man at Camp Nou in 2008. Let's take a look at what he won both as a player and a manager...
As a player: Barcelona B - Segunda División B (1990–91) Barcelona - La Liga (1990–91) (1991–92) (1992–93) (1993–94) (1997–98) (1998–99) Copa del Rey (1996–97) (1997–98) Supercopa de España (1991) (1992) (1994) (1996) European Cup (1991–92) UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1996–97) UEFA Super Cup (1992, 1997)
As a manager: Barcelona B - Tercera División (2007–08) Barcelona - La Liga (2008–09) (2009–10) (2010–11) Copa del Rey (2008–09) (2011–12) Supercopa de España (2009) (2010) (2011) UEFA Champions League (2008–09) (2010–11) UEFA Super Cup (2009) (2011) FIFA Club World Cup (2009) (2011)
Other notable managers who have gone back to their former clubs include Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan who returned to Liverpool and Newcastle respectively not once but twice - both enjoying more success first time around, although King Kenny did win the League Cup in his second spell as Reds boss. Another Liverpool legend and captain of the successful side of the 1980s, Graeme Souness went back to Anfield as manager in the early 90s and won the FA Cup in 1992.
Arsenal legend George Graham enjoyed a successful return to Highbury as manager, where he won six major honours, including two league titles while another Gunners legend, David O'Leary returned to another one of his former clubs Leeds and guided them to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001. Across North London, Ossie Ardiles went back to White Hart Lane but his spell as manager was nowhere near successful as his time as a player.
A word must also be said for Ally McCoist at Rangers. Although he would probably like not to be reminded of it so soon...